It is easy to produce more trash than average during the holidays — especially considering how busy everyone is.



Fast food containers, shipping boxes, food containers and more add to the amount of trash that accumulates during the season.

But those who take time to sort out recyclable materials might find that their trash can is less full than normal.

Start recycling by rinsing and collecting aluminum and steel cans, as well as plastic and glass food containers.

Those items are accepted by the City of Arkansas City in the main bins of its two recycling trailers. The side slots are for cardboard and paper.

The city anticipates collecting more than 600,000 pounds of recycling this year, more than double what it collected in 2014, when the trailers first were introduced. Total recycling more than doubled in 2015.

The trailers are located in the Cowley College parking lot at Central Avenue and First Street, and in the VFW parking lot at 3212 N. Summit St.

Drop-offs also can be made from 9 a.m. to noon every Saturday at the city shop at 1407 W. Madison Ave., except on holiday weekends.

Recyclable materials

Recyclable materials accepted at the trailers and the Madison Avenue shop location are:

  • aluminum and tin cans;
  • cardboard;
  • catalogs;
  • cereal and dry goods boxes;
  • glass bottles, jugs and jars;
  • junk mail;
  • magazines;
  • newspapers;
  • phone books;
  • plastic containers.

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Other waste disposal

The City of Arkansas City asks that citizens either throw in the trash or find an alternative recycling option for the following items:

  • aluminum foil or pie plates;
  • buckets;
  • foil juice pouches;
  • food-contaminated paper;
  • garbage or yard waste;
  • light bulbs or fluorescent lamps;
  • toys;
  • window glass or mirrors;
  • Styrofoam or packing materials, such as peanuts;

Electronics also should not be recycled. Instead, these can be dropped off at 31st Century Techsupport, located at 107 W. Central Ave.

All electronic recycling proceeds are donated to local nonprofit organizations.

Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs (CFLs) contain mercury and should not be thrown away. However, they can be recycled at any Lowe’s location.

Items to keep out of garbage

Items that absolutely should not be placed in either trash bins or recycling containers include:

  • concrete blocks, rocks or dirt;
  • construction, remodeling or roofing materials;
  • loose leaves, brush or tree trimmings;
  • quantities of iron, sheet metal or wire;
  • vehicles or car bodies or mechanical parts;
  • tires in any quantity — check with a tire dealer regarding disposal.

Leaves, brush and tree trimmings will be accepted at the F Street burn pit from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. The site is located on the east side of F Street, north of Chestnut Avenue and south of Linden Avenue. It is free to city residents.

After Christmas, there might be extended hours for Christmas tree disposal. Check the city Facebook page for more information in late December.

Methods for properly disposing of hazardous waste can be found at